Bright Inventions

iOS layouts for web developers #2 - control positioning

Continuing the series of posts that looks into the iOS world from the web developer perspective. In the second post we're discussing multiple approaches to setting up where and how the controls on iOS are displayed and how it differs from HTML document flow.

iOS layouts for web developers #1 - basic building blocks

In the first part of iOS layouts for web developers series I'll have a look at the basic building blocks of the view layer in iOS and compare it to what HTML offers. First, we need to shift our mindset a bit and accept the fact we need to give up some control over our views to the iOS.

Anchor child element click

I had to solve a seemingly trivial bug in an angularjs based application that turned out to be more interesting than usual.

Lazy Apk - a simple TeamCity artifact downloader

At Bright Inventions we use TeamCity as a continuous integration server. Apart from building, running tests and uploading artifacts we sometimes use it to quickly distribute an android application to clients and test team. However we found using TeamCity UI on a mobile device isn’t as pleasing as it could be. That’s why we usually recommend downloading updates through a dedicated application such as TeamCity Downloader.

Reactive Cocoa presented on CocoaHeads Tricity

On Thursday 18th December 2014 I gave a small presentation about ReactiveCocoa to the local Cocoaheads Tricity group. Cocoaheads is a group of passionate iOS and MacOS X developers willing to share their knowledge and learn.

Google Play Services is no longer a giant monolith

Nowadays it’s getting harder and harder to build a meaningful app and not rely on Google Play Services to aid us in some commonly required features such as maps, better location provider, geo fencing and so much more. Unfortunately up until now the library shipped as a giant monolith ripping us from one third of dex method limit. For curious reader here’s are method counts in couple of versions:

Integrate slf4j with Crashlytics

As I mentioned in my previous post having meaningful log entries comes handy during development. When an app reaches beta testers as well as goes live it’s equally or even more important to be able to figure out why the app you’ve carefully coded isn’t behaving as it should. Testing the app on all android flavours is literally impossible that’s why getting an insight into what caused a crash is vital.

Playing with Material Design, Toolbar and Palette

People around the world are waiting for Google to push Lollipop to theirs smartphones. Material Design completely changed the appearance of Android, and did it right. Material Design is really beautiful. But who says we have to wait to see Material.Theme in action? Most of features has been packed into android-support-library. Use it and build app with material for pre-lollipop devices.